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The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the University of Oldenburg jointly founded the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg (HIFMB). For the establishment of HIFMB, we invite applications for a joint W3 professor position in

Biodiversity Theory

HIFMB develops the scientific basis for marine conservation and marine ecosystem management by analysing the functional role of biodiversity in marine ecosystem and under- standing the general principles constraining this role. The Institute thereby establishes the necessary knowledge and tools to predict future changes in biodiversity and ecosystem function and to analyse their consequences for human well-being. The development of HIFMB is embedded in the existing research excellence of AWI and the University of Oldenburg in marine biodiversity research, comprising research groups at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment at the University of Oldenburg and the Biosciences at AWI. HIFMB offers a rich intellectual environment and excellent research opportunities ( Specifically, each professorship will be equipped with allocated scientific personnel and be further able to apply for internal resources for cross-disciplinary projects. The region around Bremen and Oldenburg hosts more than 1000 marine scientists, offering broad interdisciplinary collaboration potential across universities and research institutions.

The Professor in Biodiversity Theory will focus on developing theory and mathematical models in functional biodiversity research, with applicability to marine environments. Theory and mathematical modelling are fundaments of current biodiversity research, allowing to access mechanisms of biodiversity maintenance and biodiversity change under human pressure. Understanding the role of biodiversity in ecosystem functions and processes requires, however, to merge classical models of ecological theory (focus on species and assemblages) and ecosystem models (focus on energy and matter flow). The candidate is expected to establish this research field with high international visibility, which is fundamental for the development of HIFMB and allows strong interactions to the existing expertise at AWI and the University of Oldenburg. We expect candidates to be renowned for their proven scientific expertise in biodiversity-related theory and models; an existing or potential link of such approaches with evolutionary or biogeochemical models is an asset. We welcome the capacity to address these questions across spatial and temporal scales. We further expect a distinct interest in bringing this research topic into an interdisciplinary research agenda and to strongly interact with empirical ecologists. Candidates are expected to represent the subject Biodiversity Theory in teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels.

Applicants must have the necessary formal qualifications as set out in § 25 of Nieder- sächsisches Hochschulgesetz. Candidates are required to hold an excellent PhD in theoretical ecology or mathematical modelling and to have additional research and teaching qualification at university level proven by a pertinent habilitation, assistant professorship or an equivalent scientific track record in ecological theory, including publications in leading international peer-reviewed journals, integration in the international research community and professional work experience abroad. Applicants are requested to show their ability and willingness to participate in integrative and interdisciplinary research projects. They need to have experience and potential in the acquisition of third party funded projects. Distinct teaching experience and didactic abilities have to be shown. Proficiency in English is mandatory. We expect the successful candidate to acquire German within two years. Given the current research focus of AWI and the University of Oldenburg on polar and temperate seas, research expertise in these regions is helpful.

International applications are explicitly welcome. To increase the proportion of women in science equally qualified female candidates will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, qualifying documentation (final academic records, list of publications, evidence of external funding, teaching experience and prizes) and a research plan as well as a teaching plan should be submitted by email in a single pdf-file to Closing date is Wednesday, 11 April 2018.

Enquiries about the position are welcomed by the director of the HIFMB, Prof. H. Hillebrand (


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